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  • In Brief - News - Aug. 12, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • Looking Back - Aug. 12, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, Aug. 12 — Leveo V. Sanchez, 34, has been appointed director of the Latin American Institutional Development Office Agency for International Development. Sanchez will direct the organization and support of institutions for rural development, private enterprise, education, labor, youth and population study under the Alliance for Progress. He is a native of Las Vegas and graduated from New Mexico Highlands University and received a master of arts degree from George Washington University.

  • Correction - Aug. 12

    A story published Aug. 5 on the 45th anniversary of the city’s merger contained several errors. The middle initial of Kathleen Ortiz, who kept the ax preserved after the merger, is L; the coffin for the ax was provided by Ortiz and her extended family, and after the merger, Ortiz was given the hatchet by another individual who retrieved it from the river.

  • Weather - Aug. 12, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. North wind around 10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.


  • Que Pasa - Aug. 12, 2015

    •  Carnegie Library Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “The Sandcastle” by MP Robertson. All programs are free and open to the public.
    • Mora/San Miguel County Fair starts on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and ends on Saturday, Aug. 15. Wednesday’s events include a donut on a strong contest at 6 p.m. at the pole barn. Thursday’s events include a swine show at 4 p.m. and a pie eating contest at 6:30 p.m. at the pole barn.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 12, 2015
  • A lapse in judgment

    It’s disappointing that the Environmental Protection Agency — the federal agency created to protect human health and the environment — would wait 24 hours before notifying New Mexico officials that a toxic surge of wastewater was heading our way.

    The 3 million gallons of waste from an abandoned Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo., contains high concentrations of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals, according to The Associated Press.

  • Work of Art: Those were the days

    Charles Arnold Goddard has lived to be 100. Several dozen relatives, friends, neighbors and even business associates gathered at his Myrtle Avenue home Saturday to share the occasion. A group of fellow veterans was there to present him with a certificate for his Army captaincy, and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz handed him a certificate from the city.

  • RMAC poll: Cowboys 10th

    After undergoing an offseason coaching change, New Mexico Highlands’ football team has been predicted to finish in the cellar of the 10-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    The RMAC preseason coaches’ poll, released earlier this month, had defending NCAA Division II national champion Colorado State-Pueblo as the favorite to repeat as league champ.

  • NMHU among RMAC teams to be featured on TV

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- Games featuring the defending national champions, the oldest rivalry in NCAA Division II football and the newest stadium in the conference highlight the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s television schedule for 2015.

    And New Mexico Highlands fans will be able to catch their team once in the broadcast schedule.